WASHINGTON -- Pressure on Republican Todd Akin to abandon the Senate race came from the top of the ticket Tuesday as Mitt Romney urged the Missouri congressman to “exit.”
The GOP’s presumed presidential nominee had distanced himself from Akin’s remarks on “legitimate rape,” but went a step further as the Missourian’s candidacy threatens to disrupt the rest of the GOP ticket.
“As I said yesterday, Todd Akin's comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country,” Romney said in a statement. “Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race.”
Romney was moved to act after past and present Republican senators from Missouri pressed Akin to leave the race, the Romney campaign said.